Sunrisers Hyderabad seems to be on a mission to lift the IPL trophy , this time though under the leadership of Kane Williamson. The Kiwi Skipper has been phenomenal with his captaincy and batting abilities. His inclusion into the squad has been the decision of the season for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
They will be facing the Chennai Super Kings in the qualifier-1 on 22nd May in Mumbai. Their 2016 IPL campaign was led by David Warner and he was instrumental in SRH lifting the trophy for the first time . Williamson would be expecting to recreate that performance in this edition .
With the form he has been in throughout the league stage, all eyes would be on him to as to how he steers his side in a similar fashion to an IPL victory.
let’s look at the 4 reasons that might make Sunrisers Hyderabad the IPL 2018 champions
Bankable batting lineup to withstand any bowling attack
Shikhar Dhawan’s match winning abilities
Gabbar hasn’t had a great IPL this season as compared to the previous ones.His comeback into the team following an injury and resurgence in the form proved benefic for the SRH. He has been a mascot for SRH since his arrival in 2013.
Dhawan also has been one of the top run scorers in the history of IPL with 3948 runs with scores of 300+ for the past 8 consecutive seasons. So far, he has scored 387 runs this seasons with just 3 fifties under his belt. He would look to recreate the match winning knocks for SRH, which may include some serious smacking of the bowlers across the stadium.
Skipper Kane Williamson’s terrific run with the bat
The Kiwi player enjoyed a terrific form with the bat during the league stage of the IPL. His innings building ability proved to be the game changer for SRH on many occasions. Williamson’s strike rotation ability, change of gears in matter of overs makes him such a bankable player.
He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2015 and was in and out of the squad on many occasions. Warner’s sacking turned out to be a blessing for Williamson as he got to put on the skipper’s mantle for SRH.He has amassed 625 runs this season till date with 8 fifties in 13 innings , the most by any player in this edition of IPL. Truly a gem of a kind he has been for SRH.
Spin wizard Rashid Khan being the X factor
The Afghani leg spinner turned was SRH’s most successful bargain for IPL 2017 where he was signed up for Rs 4 crores. He rose to prominence in the debut season itself with by taking 17 scalps and bowling highly economical spells which led SRH to retain him for 2018.
Rashid Khan has always deceived the batsmen with his quick arm bowling action and kept them guessing as to what he might deliver. He has on occasions single handedly spun the game away from the opposition’s hand , decimated them , crushed them for pitiful defeats. Rashid has been an exceptional partnership breaker .
He is someone who can dry up the run rate and choke the batsmen with quick wickets when needed. So far in 2018 , he has taken 16 scalps at an average of 23.31. He will be expected to play a much crucial role in the qualifier-1 against the Chennai Super Kings.